Men's cross country still No. 1

Badgers nation's top team for fifth consecutive week

The Wisconsin men's cross country team, fresh off its sixth consecutive Big Ten Championship, held on to the No. 1 spot in the Mondo Men's Cross Country poll for the fifth consecutive week.

Wisconsin received 12 out of 14 first-place votes, while No. 3 Arkansas received two. Stanford remains in second place, while Colorado fell to No. 4, followed by Notre Dame.

The top-ranked Badgers won the Big Ten title in convincing fashion. Wisconsin swept the top three places to win with 23 points, the fourth-lowest point total in championship history. No. 10 Indiana was a distant second with 104 points while No. 17 Iowa was third with 110 points.

The Badgers next compete at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Nov. 13. UW is one of seven teams from the region to be ranked in the top 30, including Notre Dame, Indiana, No. 13 Butler, No. 23 Michigan, No. 26 Central Michigan and No. 29 Ohio State.

The top two teams in the region automatically qualify for the NCAA championship, Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. Wisconsin is the defending regional champion and finished second in the 2003 NCAA meet.

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